Hundreds give exercises a go

More than 200 people showed off their moves at Hamilton's Melville Park on Saturday for World Tai Chi and Qigong Day.

Instructor Shelley Leong said tai chi was a martial arts-based exercise and qigong was a static energy exercise.

"Both forms are becoming more fashionable in New Zealand and it was great to see so many people participating on Saturday and seeing what forms of exercise were available," Ms Leong said.

Tai chi is used by ACC as a fall prevention exercise for people over 65 "but people of all ages take part in tai chi and get a lot of benefit from the exercise".

Ms Leong said both disciplines helped with balance, removed stress and prepared for sport and dancing.

Waikato Times